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As Long As You Love Me

(2B Trilogy #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,786 ratings  ·  297 reviews
Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. She has her reasons—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. But then there's the reason Lauren can't admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend's older brother. 

Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in
Paperback, 332 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
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Brittney Yes. But it does go in depth about what happened to Lauren in the first book, but you don't need to have read the first book for it to make sense. …moreYes. But it does go in depth about what happened to Lauren in the first book, but you don't need to have read the first book for it to make sense. (less)

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Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Second book in Ann Aguirre new adult series was everything I wanted it to be and so much better from the previous one. Characters, writing, story - there is everything you need for a good new adult novel.

As Long As You Love Me ( yes, it is another Backstreet Boys song) focuses on Lauren, one of the characters from the I Want It That Way. After failing all her classes and losing a scholarship, she returns back home - but the thing is Lauren is not the kind of girl we thought she was. And that is
Kat Kennedy
Smart, sexy, quick read. Review to come.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre
Book Two of the 2B trilogy
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this book contains mature subject matter, and is for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. She has her reasons—missing her family, losing her co
28/8 - What is it with modern romances being told from the first person POV?! This is the third romance I've read this month told in the first person, and I would say generally, I'm not a fan. One was okay, one was 'not offensive' and I would describe this one as not good (not the whole book, specifically the first person POV). I did not like Lauren or her internal monologue. She frequently reminds us that she's been in love with Rob since before she knew what her feelings meant, but I don't fee ...more
Little Yams
Jul 15, 2014 marked it as to-read
did anyone else sing this title out loud? And I'm not talking about Justin Bieber. ...more
Lauren is back in her hometown, escaping the crippling social anxiety which caused college failure, where she runs into Rob, local high school football star turned local carpenter. This is a lovely story of an unrequited, second chance romance of two ordinary people. It is incredibly well written, although I agree with other reviewers who point out the poor pacing of having the biggest main conflict and resolution come so late in the story. This book makes me truly glad an author I typically ass ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Four Stars: A heartfelt, slow burning romance with lots of feels.

Lauren is relieved to be back home in Sharon, Nebraska. Even though she knows the town is whispering about the fact that she dropped out of school and returned to this small, podunk town, Lauren could care less. Yes, she lost her scholarship, drank too much and almost screwed up her life, but for once in her life, Lauren feels comfortable. She has a plan to enroll in online college courses and get a job. What isn't a part of her pl
Danielle (Love at First Page)
3.5-4 stars

New Adult is certainly looking up. Or maybe I've been more willing to give it a chance? Whatever the case, there have been several NA books added to my favorites list this year, and I'm optimistic about some of the directions it's heading in. Sure, I've been a fan of heavier, even angsty, books in the past - Easy by Tammara Webber and The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay come immediately to mind - but I'm excited that lighter ones are becoming more popular as well. I fell in love wi
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this novel considerably less than its predecessor, likely because it read merely as a love story opposed to a tale belonging to the New Adult genre. Moreover, I found the conflict--while certainly important--to emerge too late in the story line. We spend more than 75% of the novel believing our characters are working through certain issues only to uncover an entire back story much later. Yet, that being said, As Long As You Love Me is certainly a worthwhile read. Much like its predeces ...more
This series reads like candy. When I finished I Want It That Way, I had two questions: what happened to Lauren add what happened to Max? Luckily, the author seemed to know we would want more and thus the second book focuses on Lauren.

Having purposely flunked out of college, Lauren returns home labeled a failure. And after alienating her best friend, she really has no one to talk to. Enter her best friends brother, Rob, who Lauren has been crushing on since a teen. Now all grown up, Lauren starts
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We first met Lauren as best friend and roommate to Angus, Max and finally Nadia in I Want It That Way. Whilst she wanted to grow up, go to college and go to university with Nadia, she knew she was just following the footsteps of her best friend, it wasn't her path to take. Clearly Lauren wasn't herself, so she took to parties and alcohol to cover the rejections and failures she was getting through uni, she knew this was effecting not only herself but also those of her roommates, and distancing f ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a case of two people who are just plain meant to be together.

Lauren has loved - LOVED! - Rob since she was a young girl. Best friends with his sister, she had proximity, if not attention. She's come back home, having flunked out of college, and there he is. Her love, her god, her passion.

And he has a girlfriend.

The first lesson Lauren needs to learn turns out to be the last one she masters: she needs to know herself.

She's been happy to let others dictate the course of her life, whether h
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

I am not sure this genre features Ann Aguirre’s best writing. For me, Ann Aguirre creates the most amazing worlds – creative, edgy, and dark. I’m currently reading another one of her books, Havoc, and I’m enthralled. So I’m sorry to say that I don’t feel the same way about this story. I miss her imagination and tight-wire storytelling. The irony is that I read many more romance and New Adult books than science fiction. Still, I liked a lot of things about the book, but I didn’t feel c
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)

Its almost scary how many commitments I cut just to finish reading this.

But all for what? For it to go spiralling down at the last 10%. I shit you not. I was planning to give this a 4.5 star because of its wonderful relationships, awesome writing and great steam. But the last 10% made no sense and pissed me off so much that I cut down 1.5 stars.

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Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I fell hard for Rob and his insecurities. That poor, sweet man. The things he put up with from his family and Avery because he thought he couldn't be more than a pretty face just about broke my heart.

Needless to say, his growth (with a few not-so-subtle pushes from Lauren) made me smile. On the flip side, he's so good for Lauren. He accepts her quirks and he gives her the foundation she needs to find herself. Although Lauren seems put together on the surface, she's a bit of a
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-as-ebook
4 stars. I liked this just a tad less than the first in the series, but I still enjoyed the book for what it was. A fun contemporary romance. I did enjoy the crush-on-best-friend's-older-brother-trope. That is always a fun one, and it was handled age-appropriately. The love happens quite quickly in the novels, but the physical side isn't consummated that fast, if that's something that bothers you.

I think what the novel did well is that is drove home the importance of refraining from male - or ob
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Yes! YES! YES!! YES!!!

I'm just going to pretend the first book in this trilogy never happened. It was not as good as Ann's previous work. Thankfully, As Long As You Love Me, makes up for that mistake.

I mean, the pairing in this book was so real, which doesn't happen a lot in new adult books. Everyone's usually so messed up in the head. These characters are only slightly damaged. Lauren, a college dropout is actually a talented programmer with a wicked sense of humor and then there's Rob. *sigh
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. I still like the other couple better. I felt that Lauren at times was flighty. If she just had learned to be honest things would have been different. I did like how that even though the ex-girlfriend had started some stuff that they ended up being good friends. Especially because Avery really needed someone there for her. I now just hope the last couple in the series is likable too.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ann-aguire
I really am enjoying this series.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
The main character Lauren Barrett after three years in college, drops out, and returns home to her hometown of Sharon, Nebraska. Lauren hated being away from her hometown, her mother, and friends, but mostly away from Rob Conrad, her best friend's older brother. Though Rob barely knew she was alive as a teenager, Lauren still can't hope daydreaming and wanting to be with him.

Honestly I quibbled between giving this book a half star to one star. I finally rounded up to one star because the author
Zoe and the Edge
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it

Deep down, I suspected I’d been skating toward my first broken heart since I was thirteen years old, and there was nothing for it now but to make good.

I love the way Ann Aguirre takes a premise and makes it completely her own.
Lauren has the best friend's older brother crush.

But having him up here made me want to die because it reinforced every preconception he must have about my maturity. I sat on a stuffed unicorn and hated my life.


Poor Rob, she’d said. He’s just smart enough to know he’
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A steamy sequel with even more feels than the first one!

Opening Sentence: “It would be hard to argue with anyone who called me a failure.”

The Review:

Whew! Where can I even begin. When I saw this on my review list I picked up the first one because I usually try to read a series in order, (I don’t always have the time to do catch up on a large series, but if one or two books are out before the one I have to review, I will read the series from the
Jaime Arkin
As Long As You Love me is book 2 in Ann Aguirre’s foray into the New Adult genre, and once again, I liked but didn’t love this installment.

We met our main characters briefly in book 1. Lauren has just moved back to Sharon, Nebraska. You might remember her as Nadia’s roommate in I Want It That Way, and I knew when we met her that her story would include Rob, Nadia’s brother.

College just wasn’t working for Lauren. She knows what she wants and she’s determined to get it, but she can do it from hom
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of New Adult and Romance
As Long As You Love Me (2B Trilogy #2) by Ann Aguirre

Book Summary
Published by - Harlequin
Release Date - September 30th 2014
Pages - 352
My Rating - 5 Stars

This book is simply perfection!!! I didn't mind the first book in this series, I Want It That Way, but it truly wasn't anywhere near as beautifully written as this one.
Lauren and Rob were real, believable and from the moment that you start reading it you fall irrevocably in love with the pair of them as individuals as well as a couple. Their plight tears you apart. On one hand you want
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved the first book in this series, so I was very happy when I won this book in a reviewer giveaway held by Ann Aguirre.

And this book is so good!

I'm usually not into Contemporary Romance, but Aguirre's New Adult Romances are super addictive.

I think it's because this book leaves out all the extra drama that is in so many other contemporary romances. No jealousy games, no other love interests muddying the waters, just two people who really want to be together, but have to overcome certain obsta
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading the first book in this series I wasn't sure I wanted to read this one, but I was reading it with a friend and she sort of talked me into reading this one too. And after reading this one, boy am I really glad!

The tone of this book was so different from first, a big part of why I liked this one so much better. I really liked the relationship that Lauren and Rob had. It was great that it started out a friendship and then built, going back to the crushes. I loved how both were able to
As Long As You Love Me

The Characters

Rob Conrad is the best. So strong and caring and surprisingly sweet.
Lauren Barrett smart, funny and relatable.

The Story

I’ve been crap at reviews lately. I seem to be stuck at loved it or hate it. On the bright side I loved this one. All I can put together to say is the blurb should read:

Hot sex scenes, a smart heroine and a hero that will make
your heart and your panties melt.

The Random Thoughts

4 Stars
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I hate Rob's family. Bunch of fucking dicks. ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Find the original review here at This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

I believe I mentioned in my review for I Want It That Way that I thought it was a good start for Ann's first foray into a new genre, but she definitely had more to bring to the table. After reading As Long AS You Love Me that definitely rings true. As Long As You Love Me like I Want It That Way doesn't sugar coat how young adults live. So many new adult books write characters with lifestyles that are so unrealistic. They ha
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it


So honestly, I find it really hard to write a review for this one... not because I didn't like it. Nope, I liked it well enough.  I can't really explain what I didn't like about it actually. And if you look at my rating, I really should be able to say why and what was not to my liking. But I've been brooding over this long enough and still.. not much luck.
So I shall try and explain.

The writing style. Well, it's Aguirre. And we all know I love her prose. As
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a savior of stray kittens, and a voice actress, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in Mexico with her family. She writes all kinds of genre fiction, but she has an eternal soft spot for a happily ever after.

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